University of Pittsburgh

Student Profiles

Isabela Negrin, Class of 2016



BACKGROUND: University of Pittsburgh, 2012

Neuroscience major, Chemistry and Music minors. Conceptual Foundations of Medicine certificate


WHY DID YOU CHOOSE PITT MED?: I went to Pitt for undergrad, and I absolutely loved it here.  I’ve always felt at home in Oakland, and I couldn’t imagine leaving after just four years.  My mind was made up after Second Look, when I had the opportunity to interact with potential classmates and current students, and I already felt like I belonged in the Pitt Med family.  The administration, faculty, and fellow students are extremely supportive, and I am very grateful to be a part of this wonderful community!


FAVORITE COURSE AT PITT MED: Anatomy has definitely been my favorite course so far.  Dr. Schumann is an excellent instructor, and I really enjoyed the hands-on learning in the lab.  Anatomy is also how I got to know a lot of my classmates, and many of us bonded over late night studying.


FAVORITE PITT MED EVENT: Scope and Scalpel!!  I didn’t understand all of the jokes since I had only just finished my first year, but the show was hilarious and everyone performed really well.  I can’t wait to see what the next two classes have up their sleeves, and I’m really looking forward to participating in my year’s show!


FAVORITE FOOD IN SCAIFE CAFETERIA: Those peanut butter rice krispie treats with chocolate on top.  It’s like a party in your mouth!


FAVORITE PLACE IN PITTSBURGH: The Strip District.  Nothing beats Saturday morning shopping and sampling in the Strip!


FAVORITE PITT MED MEMORY: Performing with my a cappella group, the PalPITTations!


WHAT DID YOU DO DURING THE SUMMER AFTER YOUR MS-1 YEAR?: I was a counselor for UPHCSA, the former PA Governor’s School for Health Care, here at Pitt.  It is a 4-week program for high school students who are interested in health care.  Teaching and mentoring younger students is a big passion of mine, so working with over 100 teenagers and helping them explore their future careers was a very productive and fulfilling way to spend my last summer.


FAVORITE PLACE TO STUDY: Small group rooms.  Minimal distraction, lots of space, chalkboards, not having to use headphones when listening to lectures or music…it’s a happy medium between the comfort and distraction of my apartment and the strict quiet of the library.


FAVORITE THING TO DO WHEN NOT STUDYING: I like to cook and bake new things.  I use Pinterest to find fun, new recipes, and I document my cooking adventures in a very irregularly updated blog.  I even use my friends and classmates as occasional taste-testers!  I also play the cello in the university’s orchestra, so that’s a nice way to get away from studying for a few hours every week.



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